MEXICO CITY - Title holders Monterrey
ended their poor start to the Mexican Clausura championship
with a 1-0 win over Atlante on Saturday while favourites Cruz
Azul shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Pumas
Atlas, who finished bottom of the standings in the Apertura
championship won by Monterrey in December, continued their fine
start with a third victory, 1-0 away to promoted Necaxa on
Shaven-headed Chile striker Humberto "Lollipop" Suazo
scored after two minutes to hand Monterrey their first points
after two defeats with Mario Ortiz missing a 53rd-minute
penalty and the chance to salvage a draw for Atlante.
Cruz Azul, favourites to win the Apertura championship in
December before their shock quarter-final elimination by Pumas,
took a 2-0 half-time lead at their Azul ground in the capital.
Argentine striker Emanuel Villa opened the scoring and
right-back Horacio Cervantes made it two with a shot from
outside the box which took a deflection on defender Marco
Pumas hit back with three goals in 20 minutes, two from
forward Juan Cacho either side of veteran Paraguayan defender
Dario Veron's headed equaliser from Brazilian-born Mexican
Leandro Augusto's cross.
Chilean midfielder Hugo Droguett salvaged a point for Cruz
Azul, whose tally is four from three matches, when he pulled
them level eight minutes from time with a left-footed shot
after a one-two with substitute Cesar Villaluz.
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